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Old 01-03-2013, 03:17 PM   #1
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PORS or Swan

I know this question has been asked before but after looking at past threads, I am still undecided. Six nights, vacation for 4 - my wife and I and two young kids (7 and almost 4).

Essentially, I am cashing in all my frequent flyer points for a family trip to Disney. I have enough miles to cover the majority of the trip as long as I stay at either PORS (standard room) or the Dolphin and Swan. (I think our kids would love AoA but we want queen size beds so that eliminates it (and the value resorts) from contention). To make the most of my ff points, I need to book each aspect of the trip separately (flight, hotel and tickets) so we can't get a dining plan.

I am having trouble deciding between PORS or the Swan. Since the dining plan is out of the question, the decision is even more difficult to make.

Half the previous threads I read on this subject advise the Swan (for better location, better beds, slightly roomier, less walking within the resort, etc) and half advise PORS (more disney theme, nice grounds, DDP (not applicable for me) and DME). Really unsure and wavering on this one. Thoughts?
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:34 PM   #2
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While I've never stayed at the POR, I did stay at the Dolphin a few years ago and absolutely loved it. The grounds there are gorgeous, the pool is amazing, and I loved the location. I really liked being able to walk to the Yacht/Beach Club and the Boardwalk and also taking a boat to Epcot and HS. Paying for a taxi to/from the airport was a bummer, though. And as much as I LOVED it, I did miss that "Disney feel." I'm a bit of a disney junkie though, so it probably wouldn't phase most people.

All in all, if the prices are similar, I'd probably go with the Swan.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:12 PM   #3
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My husband and I have been to Disney World 15+ times and have stayed at Port Orleans Riverside every time. (Ok, once we tried Caribbean Beach & Port Orleans FQ but Riverside wins) To us Dolohin & Swan just lack The Disney magic. We walked around both hotels and there was basically nothing Disney except the gift shop. I think your little ones would enjoy Riverside. The grounds are gorgeous, rooms are pretty (and all updated recently), main pool is big with slide & waterfall. We love the food court for breakfast and the table service Boatwright's for dinner, one of our favorite places to eat. (A must try. Don't go by other's reviews...see for yourself!) Bus service is good...we drive most of the time. I might be biased but Riverside is awesome!
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:36 PM   #4
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My wife is a RN so we have stayed at the Swan with that RN discount....but frankly....I like POR better....never stayed at POR but toured the resort many times.
Now i just wished WDW gave Firefighters discounts....;') But, at least we seem to get good pin codes.!!!
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:59 PM   #5
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Another vote for POR. I qualify for the teacher's discount at the Swan and Dolphin but our onsite stays are always at the Disney-owned resorts. The extras just seem worth it to us. With kids the ages of yours, I would think all the extras at Riverside would be a big plus - the campfire, movies on the lawn in the mansions section, family-friendly entertainment in the lounge, and the boat to Downtown Disney with all there is to do there.

By the way, you mentioned that you would be buying tickets separately. Just in case you aren't already aware, you can register on mousesavers.com and get a monthly email that includes a link to a discounted price on tickets from Undercover Tourist. It isn't a huge savings but every little bit helps. We've ordered our tickets that way and found UT to be very reliable with great customer service.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:30 PM   #6
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By the way, you mentioned that you would be buying tickets separately. Just in case you aren't already aware, you can register on mousesavers.com and get a monthly email that includes a link to a discounted price on tickets from Undercover Tourist. It isn't a huge savings but every little bit helps. We've ordered our tickets that way and found UT to be very reliable with great customer service.
I will be using my frequent flyer miles to cover as much of the tickets as possible. If I stay at the Swan, the miles will cover the airfare (though i still need to pay taxes and surcharges on them), the hotel, and the 2 adult tickets. So, I will look to Undercover Tourist for the kids tickets. If I stay at POR, the miles will cover the airfare (excluding the taxes), all 4 disney tickets but just part of the hotel. The total cost of trip will be the same regardless of which hotel I stay at - I just need to structure the use of my miles differently for each option.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:35 PM   #7
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This is how I see it:
Disney decorations vs Boardwalk area
buses to every park vs walking or boating to 2 parks buses to 2 parks
1 food court & 1 TS + POR restaurants vs 17 restaurants at the Swan/Dolphin +BC/ YC+ BW+DHS +Epcot
mod vs deluxe
No contest, the Swan would win.
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